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Paul," Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of this knowledge." Enoch enjoyed this privilege, and in addition to it
he had the testimony that he pleased God.” He had, no doubt, outward signs of the Divine approval, but the expression refers rather to the inward testimony of an approving conscience,“ the Spirit bearing witness with his spirit,” that he was a child of God and an heir of glory laid up beyond earth's changeful sky.
He was not found, for God had translated him.” His piety was extraordinary, so was his removal from the present world. God conferred thus not only great blessedness, but great dignity, upon His devoted servant. The manner of his change is not fully revealed. It might have taken place in the same way as that of Elijah. The whirlwind sent of God might have been the agent, the fiery chariot with its flaming steeds the vehicle, that conveyed him to the realms of glory. Or, as in the case of the Redeemer, a cloud might have wafted him to the regions of immortality. Perhaps in the silence of the night the heavenly messengers came to bear him away, or, as he was meditating like Isaac at eventide in the fields, the summons came for him to step within the veil of Eternity. This he did “ without seeing death." The grim king of terrors never claimed him as his prey; the sickness unto death” and the agonies of dissolution he never knew ; his " flesh saw no corruption; ” his body moulders not in the dust of the earth, it stands in the light of the throne of God. Jehovah, as if to assert His independency of death, suspended its agency in the case of Enoch; and by His mighty power caused that mysterious transformation to pass over his servant which shall take place in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump,” when the living saints at its sound shall be changed, and shall put on incorruption.“ God took him." He took the man who had walked with Him in a sinful world, to walk with Him in the climes of bliss. Enoch had grown too pure for the associations of time; he had more of heaven than of earth in his soul ; therefore God took him to his kindred region, and now in the kingdom of eternal righteousness and peace, amidst the shining ranks of the blessed, the fountains of living waters and the light of Eternity, Enoch still walks with God.
Christian reader, we cannot expect, we need not expect, that the sentence of death shall be remitted to us. No; there is however no need to fear evil. Having the testimony of our conscience, the peace of God which passeth understanding, the witness of the Spirit, we can exclaim now,“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Walking with God now, when the summons comes it will be to us a translation to all the joys and dignities and glories to which the spirits of the just made perfect have been raised. • Death is the gaining of a crown, “ Death is a song from seraphs' lips, Where saints and angels meet:
The dayspring from on high ; The laying of our burden down,
The ending of the soul's eclipse,
The transit to the sky." -Milton, Oxon.
At the deliverer's feet.
in meditation or prayer.
STUPID SUNDAYS. PERHAPS I ought to say Sunday “Yes, I do. You can't do this, fternoons. The morning is lively and you can't do that, and you can't nough, what with breakfast just a have anything nice as on other days. ittle late, dressing for chapel, and I'm glad when it's over." getting the youngsters ready, look- " Šo am I.” ng over lessons, etc. But after we Something wrong, here? Yes, lave come home from chapel and there is; and what is more, there Sunday-school, and have eaten our seems no ready means of righting inner (I think we eat rather more
it. han on week-days), and have spent “I'll tell you what I have found
comfortable hour before the fire out," said neighbour Ringway, to with our favourite religious magazine whom I said something like the -We elders, I mean, of course- above. “A young house-painter in . there comes a change over the spirits our village fell from a ladder last of the family. Hitherto we have summer and paralyzed the lower been brisk and lively, but now a part of his body. He lies, and will certain dreaminess creeps over us
Îie, for long months to come, helpless a tendency to lean back in our chairs, on his bed. He has a wife and child. close our eyes, and indulge in— Of course, their means of living thought. About this time some of are cut off. I, as well as others, us are generally missing from the have aided the poor fellow, and room, and, if sought for in our closets, mean to look after the family this would not I fear be found engaged
“I have a little boy, active and The children, too, have reached a restless, to whom Sunday afternoons very uneasy stage. Dressing, chapel, are a sore burden.
One Sunday school
, dinner, have kept them busy, when he was fretting about the but now there comes a level stretch house, teasing his mother and of time that it frets their impatient plaguing the baby, I said to him, spirits to traverse. Possibly the Harry, would you like to go and see head of the family, mindful of poor Mr. Glazier?'
The boy's face parental duty, reads aloud to them, brightened, and he said, “Of course or catechises them upon the lesson I would, papa.' He hurried to get of the day; but these exercises cannot his things; mamma gave him a little well extend over an hour, and there basket of fruit to carry. I put some remain four or five more before tea- papers
in my pocket, and we started time. There can be no gleeful
out. The fresh air seemed to blow rushing out of doors for frolic and away Harry's ill-humour, and he play; it is hardly admissible to went skipping along, gaily chatting. range the chairs in line for stage- “We had a pleasant call at the coach, or have blindman's buff, puss
Glaziers', and they seemed glad to in the corner, or the other lively see us. Harry played with the sports that a rainy day allows to child, and listened to Mr. Glazier's
Perhaps a account of his accident, and took his Scripture story or a picture-book first lesson in practical doing good. may content them a little longer; I felt a hundred per cent. better and then and then do you hear a
than if I had stayed at home dozing whispered muttering over in the
over a magazine.
“We came home and (by-the-way "I think Sunday's a real stupid mother had a 'nice, quiet time'
while we were gone) had a pleasant
day; don't you?"
little Bible lesson, then some sing , and after your soul has been fed by ing, and when my little fellow went hearing and reading the gospel, go to bed, I heard him say, 'Mamma, I and talk it out with them, and take think Sunday's really nice.'
your children with you. You won't “ I tell you, neighbour, to get the complain of stupid Sundays any full benefit of Sunday, we must give more." as well as take; get hold of some- I believe neighbour Ringway is body that needs help and sympathy, | right!
BY THE REV. A. HORNE.
“But this man (High-Priest), after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down on the right hand of God.”—Heb. . 12. The Episțle to the Hebrews brings to the Jewish economy, which in itself was dark and shadowy, the light of the new and Christian dispensation. The one was replete with types and figures, while the other had the substance and reality; yet the latter is seen in the former, and the truth of the gospel is the same in both, although in different degrees of light. There the gospel was represented under the soft silvery moonbeams, while here we have the bright rays of the noon-day sun thrown upon the same. And this epistle brings them together to show their similarity, and wherein also we see many points of difference.
The word “ But” commencing the verse, marks a contrast which the writer has been drawing between the Jewish priesthood and that of our Lord. He says that the priest under the law ministereth daily and offers oftentimes the same sacrifice, all which were unavailing to take
away sin : whereas Christ Jesus offered up but one sacrifice for sins, which was effectual to take away all sin ; and, as an eyidence of this complete atonement, “He sat down on the right hand of God." It will therefore appear the better and more profitable way of reading the
say, “But this”. Priest or High-Priest, rather than “this man. The word is not found in the original, but is supplied; and may not not as correctly supply Priest or High-Priest
, seeing the contrast is not made between men merely, but between the priest of the type
and “ the High-Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus”?
"But this High Priest, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down," etc. The subject which at present is brought under our consideration
, is the priesthood of Jesus as illustrated by and compared with the Jewish priesthood ; and, firstly,
I. Let us consider Christ Jesus as the High-Priest of our profession while on earth.
“ The high-priest," who was he, and what was the nature of his office? This is answered in the first verse of the fifth chapter : " For
very high-priest taken from among men is ordained for men, in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.” He was taken “from among men,” himself a man, ordained by Divine appointment, and that for a special purpose,--to stand between God and man, and in behalf of man to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins." As such, he represented and prefigured Christ Jesus, not fully nor perfectly indeed, seeing that the whole “law” was but“ a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things.” But the one bears at least the outline of the other. In the Levitical priesthood, and the high-priest in its centre, is seen the higher—the spiritual priesthood of Christianity, and Christ the centre of that priesthood.
1. There were various orders of priests connected with the temple service. The high-priest was but one among many engaged as priests within the temple : 'he was placed over all the rest, as their head or
The Christian Church is likewise a temple, where the worship of God is conducted, but in a more exalted and spiritual form, and where the true worshippers meet, and each appointed to some work. They all are "priests unto God and His Father," while Christ, in their midst, is their High-Priest.
Brethren, are we realizing this blessed fact? Do we look upon ourselyes as priests—consecrated, by the grace of the Spirit, to God's service ? and have we a clear apprehension of the presence and power of Jesus Christ in our midst, as the Apostle and High-Priest of our profession " ? and are we, through Him, presenting spiritual sacrifices to God?
2. The high-priest under the law was dressed in some garments peculiar to himself. There were many things he wore in common with other priests, and all such were made of " fine-twined linen "; this had a very distinct reference to the Christian priesthood, in which one and all have the same standing before God; all are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ; and this will be made more manifest
as it is stated in the Revelation, “ And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white ; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints." But the high-priest wore some peculiar garments. Some of these We here mention. There was “the ephod and the robe of the ephod,” made of the finest material-of gold and of fine-twined linen,--made in the richest dyes-of blue and purple and scarlet-being a complete covering from head to foot. Does not this point to the perfect and glorious righteousness which Christ had in Himself manifested through all His life and in all His actions ?"' “Yea, He was altogether lovely, and the chiefest among ten thousands." The high-priest also wore a breastplate. This plate was made of twelve precious stones, all different, and set in gold enclosings; upon these stones were engraved the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; this plate was hung upon the high-priest's breast
, to express the care and the interest which he took in the people for whom he mediated. But, specially, this points us to
a greater and heavenly High-Priest. How precious are all His peo to Him! He knows them all by name. “Their names are graven the palms of His hand.” They are near to his heart, and dear to Hi and are as “the apple of His eye.” Did the high-priest go into t holiest with the breastplate on? so has Christ entered within the vi of the heavenly sanctuary, bearing on His heart all His people. “I ever liveth to make intercession for them.” The high-priest ha moreover, two precious stones put upon the ephod, on which also t/ names of the tribes were inscribed: these lay upon his shoulder. A1 here we see Jesus bearing His people, as the good shepherd" layet his sheep upon his shoulder.” “Even to old age I am He, and t hoar hairs will I carry you.” And they are as precious stones t Him—“They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in the day when make up my jewels.”
Fear not, beloved, to “commit the keeping of your souls to Him i all well doing as unto a faithful Creator.” And yet again, the hig! priest wore a mitre, or turban, upon the golden crown of which ther was inscribed, “Holiness to the Lord.” He ought himself to be, like th work to which he was devoted,“ holy." And here the type but faintl represents the High-Priest who is over the house of God, who wa “holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners.”
3. The high-priest's special work was the offering of gifts and sacrifices. On the day of yearly atonement he offered up a sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people, and he also offered their gifts and thank-offerings. But here, between the type and the antitype, while there is a likeness there is also a dissimilarity; for i is not possible that the patterns of heavenly things on earth should b the very image of the things themselves.
Thus the high-priest offered one sacrifice for himself and for hi house, and then another for the sins of the people; but Christ, having no sin, needed not to offer for Himself, but only for the people's sing It was but one sacrifice, and not to be repeated, as were those, yea by year. This High-Priest offered up but one sacrifice for sing for ever It was but the blood of a bullock or of a goat that the Jewish priest offered, but Christ offered His own body and blood. The blood of bullocks and of goats could never take away sin, but “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.”
And here, my brethren, our subject becomes replete with consolation to every believer. This is the foundation of our faith : “ God forbig that we should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, Here also, we have the door of communication with heaven, by which we can come near to a reconciled God and Father, and enjoy, HN favour, and present our every want. “Having therefore, brethren boldness to enter into the holies by the blood of Jesus, ... and having an High-Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith.”
His one sacrifice, to which all the others under the law pointed, “has made an end of sin, and brought in an everlasting righteousness.!